2 April 2014
A majority of 85% of those taking part in the ballot voted for strike action (15% against). A strong turnout amongst the Ritzy membership underlines the decisiveness of the mandate.
BECTU supervisory official, Willy Donaghy, commented:
“A clear majority of our members at the cinema are determined to pursue their claim for the London Living Wage and it’s time for management to review their position. We’ve invited the company to make an improved offer; however if this does not materialise then strike action will take place in the coming weeks.”
“The Ritzy is a great cinema, on so many levels, and staff there certainly have the support of the local community. The community understands that a wage which is not tied to the London Living Wage, in a location where staff face all the added costs of living in the capital, is a poverty wage.”
The strike ballot got underway on 18 March after management refused to accept, as a matter of policy, that the minimum hourly rate should be linked, now and in future, to the level of the London Living Wage.
The current hourly London Living Wage rate is £8.80 and is increasingly recognised by employers across industry as the minimum workers in London should be paid.